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The Best Events in Miami During “Rainbow Spring”

Best LGBTQ+ Miami Events in Spring
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Miami Beach is the ultimate destination for travelers during its “Rainbow Spring” season. Along with its naturally diverse atmosphere and vibes all year round, Miami Beach amplifies its LGBTQ welcome even louder and prouder from March through June. 

From the well-known Winter Party Festival to Miami Pride and SweetHeat Miami’s women-grade pool parties, you won’t want to miss out on this LGBTQ+ season of celebration. So get your plans ready— join in on Miami Beach Rainbow Spring festivities!

Top Pride Events During Rainbow Spring

Winter Party Festival

February 28 – March 5, 2024

Although it might sound chilly, the Winter Party Festival is located in warm and sunny South Beach. This annual Rainbow Spring event takes place at the beginning of March and raises funds for the National LGBTQ Task Force. The event celebrates LGBTQ music, dance and community. 

Visit Miami during the Winter Party Festival to enjoy a week-long celebration and a place of respite from everyday stress. This weeklong event offers a safe and inclusive environment so you can be authentically you! Enjoy the opportunity to be yourself, be surrounded by your chosen family, and to let loose and express yourself freely.

Click here for more info.

Miami Beach Pride

April 2 – 14, 2024

Miami Beach Pride is one of the biggest and longest LGBTQ Pride celebrations in South Florida. This vibrant and energetic event returns each spring and usually includes a parade, pool party, music festival and gala. It is a joyous celebration of LGBTQ+ pride and spirit. 

Enjoy entertainment, events, arts, culture and civic engagement activities while enjoying the company of fellow LGBTQ community members and allies. 

Miami Beach Pride began as a 15K-person event 15 years ago and now draws in over 170K revelers yearly while continuing its commitment to supporting and celebrating diversity within the LGBTQ+ community.

See their schedule of events here.

OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival

April 18 – 28, 2024

Don’t miss out on must-see films from established and emerging LGBT filmmakers screened throughout the city at venues such as Regal Cinemas South Beach, The Historic Lyric Theater, Sandrell Rivers Theater, and the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens.

In addition to in-person screenings, viewers can also enjoy exclusive virtual showings and three shorts programs as well as panel discussions and socially distanced Cocktails & Cinema Happy Hours and parties around town. 

Save the date and stay tuned for the official film lineup!

SweetHeat Miami

May 14 – 20, 2023

SweetHeat Miami is the one-of-a-kind event created specifically for women of all backgrounds and identities. It was founded by Myah Mustafa (AKA DJ Dimples), with the purpose of providing a safe and loving atmosphere of celebration, appreciation and acceptance for each individual’s lived experience. 

Visitors can expect pool parties during the day, speed dating opportunities, food, drinks, and DJs spinning music throughout the night in Wynwood, Hialeah, Downtown Miami and South Beach. 

Get ready to experience all the sun-drenched fun and DJ beats that Greater Miami & Miami Beach has to offer. Make new friends and create unforgettable memories at SweetHeat Miami!

Check out the daily events here.

*Event dates are subject to change and will be updated yearly.

Where To Stay

AxelBeach Miami

1500 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

AxelBeach Miami offers a one-of-a-kind experience to guests. Combining the charm of an original 1940s Haddon Hall Hotel with modern amenities and hetero-friendly (tongue-in-cheek) twist, AxelBeach is a tropical oasis. 

Guests can choose from 160 stylishly renovated rooms, and enjoy the terrace pool and Sky Bar surrounded by swaying palms. There’s also delicious Barcelona-inspired tapas from the poolside restaurant, a state-of-the art gym for staying active, as well as the Ground Bar for hitting the dancefloor! 

Located just walking distance from the heart of South Beach, make AxelBeach Miami your destination for an unforgettable vacation.

Hotel Gathering

1409 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach

Hotel Gaythering offers a unique and immersive experience of the Miami Beach lifestyle that can’t be found elsewhere. This accommodation is perfect for LGBTQ travelers.

This hotel provides exclusive gay-centric amenities such as a MiMo style building, local restaurants and shops just steps away, and even a social hub known as Gaythering Bar. 

Grab drinks at their affordable beer & cocktails bar during events like Karaoke Monday, Trivia Night Wednesday, Bingo Thursday & Bears & Hares Friday Night. You might just make some new friends!

W Hotel, Miami

485 Brickell Ave, Miami

Make the most of your Miami stay at the luxurious W Hotel, Marriott’s 4-star hotel located in the center of Brickell (“Miami’s Wall Street”). 

Stay in one of W Hotel’s stylish rooms and suites, where you can enjoy full-length windows with incredible views of the city or Miami River. Relax in the private pool on the 15th floor, complete with Wet Deck Cafe for snacks and drinks. 

Get a special treatment at Icon Brickell Spa or a workout in the state-of-the-art fitness center. Then have dinner with a 360-degree view from ADDiKT. 

Nobu Hotel

4525 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

Nobu Hotel Miami Beach is the perfect place to indulge in luxurious luxuries while exploring gay-friendly Miami Beach. 

Boasting beautifully appointed rooms with private bars, gourmet coffee machines and complimentary tea, as well as waterfall showers, guests enjoy a resort fee that includes access to a 24-hour fitness center and classes. 

Complimentary bikes are also available for rental, and priority reservations at Nobu Restaurant can be made. Room service provides select dishes from both Nobu Miami and Malibu Farm if you don’t want to leave your room’s comfort. 

Ranked #1 Best Hotel in Miami by Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler, Nobu Hotel also has a traditional Japanese beach house atmosphere complete with an oceanfront Nobu pool.

Conclusion

Miami Beach is a lively destination during Rainbow Spring from March through June. The LGBTQ+ community flourishes here with a number of exciting events and attractions. 

There are plenty of other ways to experience the city outside of Rainbow Spring festivities; admire its culture or visit these top Michelin Star restaurants

Celebrate pride all year long at these Miami Gay Bars & Clubs.


**Disclaimer: There is a good chance that this post contains affiliate or sponsor links. If you make a purchase through them, we may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you (for which we are extremely grateful).

Also, while we do our best to highlight LGBTQ-friendly destinations and businesses, info provided is based solely on personal experience and recommendations by community partners. We hope that nobody experiences discrimination or homophobia while visiting Florida and beyond, but we make no guarantees. Please inform us if you experience discrimination or homophobia while visiting any destination so we can make updates to our recommendations.

Event dates are subject to change and will be updated yearly.

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